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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,866
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 66
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
**NOTE: This beer is now called "Brutal IPA" **
It has also been bottled as "Portland State IPA" (2010).

An Imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor and stupendous hop aroma. Rogue brewmaster John Maier describes his Brutal IPA as a cross between a Very Extra Special Bitter and an Indian Pale Ale. Hedonistic!

8 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15 & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Alluvial™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

22oz Bottle & Draft / 15° Plato / 46 IBU / 81 AA / 13° Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper / orange in color with a nice 1" head and decent lacing developed through the drink. The aroma is floral and slighlty fruity. The flavor is great as malt and bitterness are all over this, and some mild fruit tones are detectable. The bitterness level is brutal as the label says - and it's great !

Very smooth and slightly dry on the finish. Medium bodied. Bitterness lingers forever on the tongue. Absolutely a great beer to sit and have several of.

Gavage, Apr 30, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

DeeMalloy, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer into a pint glass from bottle.

A= Great copper penny color with good head, creamy white 1" head or so.

S= Aroma is nice pine, bread smell.
T= Great taste I love it. nice bitterness, but with some low pine and caramel. doesnt linger really at all on the palate.

M=Mouthfeel is great nice smooth, carbonated just right. doesnt linger..

D= great drinkability I could easily down a few more.

I bought this from world market(only place I can find good beer in this town) Its a great overall beer, Great taste color and aroma, Taste is perfect. I Just thought it would taste a little more bitter, for being "brutal bitter" name beer

n0rc41, Jan 01, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

OleLouIPA, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

k3ve, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

LouZ, Tuesday at 07:45 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice find at the Waterdown LCBO, this pours a dark cloudy amber with nice head retention. Some foam but not a lot of lace. Smell is a good balance of malt and hops, I would say hops are a bit more prominent in this one than most of this style I have tried. Flavor is exceptionally nice. I find that the hop bitterness balances the malt perfectly, and unlike some of the British examples I have tried, the sweetness is subdued somewhat making for a delicious and smooth drink. Drinkability is definitely a plus here and if it wasn't for the strength of this brew it'd be a nice session beer.

Yes, at $7 a bomber it's expensive. However it's worth it, very nice stuff.

funkengruven, Mar 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

KeeganRohovich, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

BHep, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

justinbrown, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Farky87, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

tjdrewry, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

WGO, Jul 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

oldp0rt, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Abad, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Paul_Apsley, Jul 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

truthcontortion, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

brahdeel, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

iguana1010, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Squeezemyhops, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a refreshing beer. Pours a nice orange amber with 2 inch thick head that is an off-white cream beauty. The smell is of a nice english butter with toast and a great floral smell that will linger in your thoughts for a lifetime. The taste is a perfect blend of sweet and sour, it is incredible, some beers have it some don't, this beer goes great with shellfish in my opinion, very good and very consistant, if you want a solid esb this is the one

beertaster13, Dec 05, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

RyanCFriedrich, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

prisdefer, Sep 28, 2012
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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